House Calls

SPR 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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F or the more than 25,000 seniors living in West Ashley, there has been no neighborhood community center focused on activities for their age group … until now. Later this year, the Waring Senior Center (above)—a new 16,000-square-foot facility that houses a café, fitness center, pickleball courts, and large classrooms—will open its doors on Roper St. Francis Healthcare's Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital campus, offering adults age 50 and older a slew of health-minded classes and activities. "We define wellness as having six dimensions: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial," explains Elizabeth Bernat, executive director of both the new facility and the Lowcountry Senior 14 { spring 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s senior health Quite the Lineup While the schedule and curriculum of the new center are still being developed, Bernat offers a peek at the activities West Ashley residents can expect: A range of exercise classes, including yoga, strength training, tai chi, and dance (from ballroom to clogging). 2 Programs to help manage symptoms of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, emphysema, and more. Movement and dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders will be offered, as well. 3 Safety classes, such as fall prevention and balance-oriented programs. 4 Toolkits for caregivers, aimed at helping those who care for a loved one better manage stress. 5 Intellectually stimulating lectures, courses, and groups (writing, painting, music classes, and choral groups). 6 Social outings, such as dinner club, kayaking, bowling nights, and a photography club, along with bridge and other game groups. Hub of Activity A brand new senior center is opening its doors later this year - B Y S A M A N T H A C O N N O R S Center on James Island. "The Waring Senior Center, which is a joint project between Roper St. Francis and the City of Charleston, will promote programs that help nurture each of these dimensions, helping community members foster a sense of holistic wellness." In the latest annual survey conducted by the Lowcountry Senior Center for the James Island location, members reported a 68 percent increase in their exercise frequency thanks to the facility. In addition, 58 percent of members said they feel more satisfied with life and 47 percent reported feeling more connected to their community thanks to participation at the center. Bernat says she expects to see a similar impact among members of the new space. "Most people know that it's important to remain physically active throughout your life, but it's equally important to stay socially engaged and intellectually stimulated," she says. "The West Ashley community needs a place where older adults can do all of those things—be social, active, creative, and engaged—and we're thrilled to now offer that." GET INVOLVED! Those interested in becoming a member of the Waring Senior Center can complete an online application at Several types of memberships will be offered, including a regular pass ($70 per year) and a gold membership, which includes access to the fitness center ($125 per year). R E N D E R I N G ( S E N I O R C E N T E R ) B Y L I O L L I O A R C H I T E C T U R E ; P H O T O G R A P H ( W O M A N ) B Y S H A N E E L L I S Rendering of the soon-to-open Waring Senior Center.

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